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Operating as usual

08/27/2020

Due to the Governor's orders extending stage 4.5, the park office will remain open by appointment only through September 25th or until further order of the Governor. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We are available via phone at 762-1675 and via email at [email protected].

Thank you to everyone who came out today!
08/05/2020

Thank you to everyone who came out today!

Another great day of painting! Our trail tunnel is almost finished! Special thank you to Councilman Brian M. Gulley! We would not be able to do these projects without great volunteers! Thank you!

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08/05/2020
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07/31/2020

Market on the square!

Our office will remain open by appointment only until August 27th.  The splash will also remain closed during this time....
07/29/2020

Our office will remain open by appointment only until August 27th. The splash will also remain closed during this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Gov. Holcomb has extended Stage 4.5 through August 27th

August 1 State Championship Race
07/28/2020
August 1 State Championship Race

August 1 State Championship Race

We’re looking forward to seeing your family at Imagination Glen BMX on Saturday, August 1 for our State Championship Race. Use the form below to pre-register up to three riders, and skip the line on race day. Once you complete all the information on the form, you can “check out,” and pay with ...

07/25/2020
Portage Splash Pad at Founders Square

Portage Splash Pad at Founders Square

To avoid the gathering of large crowds with the inability to social distance, The Portage Splash Pad at Founders Square will be closed starting today, July 25th. We are unsure at this time when it will reopen. Thank you for your patience.

Portage Streets and Sanitation
07/21/2020

Portage Streets and Sanitation

Recycling benefits the TAX payers of Portage because it is FREE. The recycling tonnage we collect offsets the cost in Trash expenses. Attached is a basic list of recyclables. Please observed this policy.

07/14/2020

Attention! The Portage Dog Park will be closed on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, due to weed control application on the fence line. Thank you for your patience and understanding. - Portage Parks Department

Come sign up!  There is still space available!
07/07/2020

Come sign up! There is still space available!

Community Support Needed | Our nonprofits are facing unprecedented times as they are unable to host annual fundraising events or are struggling to find sponsors during this time.
If you are a local business owner, help Family & Youth Services Bureau with its first annual Chalk the Walk Porter County Pop-Up event in Portage!
They are teaming with the Portage Department of Parks & Recreation on this extended event. Sponsorship opportunities are open through July 10.

07/07/2020

The Portage Parks & Recreation office will remain open to the public via appointment only until after August 1st. Please call 762-1675 or email [email protected] to set up an appointment. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Portage Indiana Government Page
06/26/2020

Portage Indiana Government Page

City employees were treated to a big thank you Friday courtesy of the Portage Faith Action Network.
Gathered at the open air pavilion on the city’s north side, employees were treated to a luncheon of barbecue pork sandwiches, mostaccioli, cole slaw, chips, assorted desserts and beverages.
Shannon Burhans, executive director of the Portage Township YMCA, said the Faith Action Network is a gathering of community churches and the YMCA. It was founded a few months ago to address various social issues throughout the community, such as homelessness. They partnered with Family Promise of Porter County and continued their meetings, tackling social issues.
When the pandemic struck, FAN continued to meet to address issues facing the community and hosted events such as a community thank you for local health care workers at Portage Porter Regional Hospital and NorthShore Community Health and held a pray chain along Central Avenue.
Burhans said they wanted to thank city workers as well; those who continued to be on the front lines, from police to fire to sanitation workers and others who kept the city running during the pandemic and decided to host the luncheon at the open-air venue. Churches pitched in as well as business sponsors Monosol and Indiana American Water.
“I like the fact that employees can come together and have lunch. I’m happy the faith community can come together to host an event such as this. They are a great group of people who recognized the great employees we have in the city,” said Mayor Sue Lynch, adding the open-air pavilion was a safe site to hold such an event.
Burhans said FAN will continue to address social issues within the community and is always looking for additional partners. For more information on the group, visit their page at https://www.facebook.com/PORTAGEFAN/

Portage Indiana Government Page
06/26/2020

Portage Indiana Government Page

City employees were treated to a big thank you Friday courtesy of the Portage Faith Action Network.
Gathered at the open air pavilion on the city’s north side, employees were treated to a luncheon of barbecue pork sandwiches, mostaccioli, cole slaw, chips, assorted desserts and beverages.
Shannon Burhans, executive director of the Portage Township YMCA, said the Faith Action Network is a gathering of community churches and the YMCA. It was founded a few months ago to address various social issues throughout the community, such as homelessness. They partnered with Family Promise of Porter County and continued their meetings, tackling social issues.
When the pandemic struck, FAN continued to meet to address issues facing the community and hosted events such as a community thank you for local health care workers at Portage Porter Regional Hospital and NorthShore Community Health and held a pray chain along Central Avenue.
Burhans said they wanted to thank city workers as well; those who continued to be on the front lines, from police to fire to sanitation workers and others who kept the city running during the pandemic and decided to host the luncheon at the open-air venue. Churches pitched in as well as business sponsors Monosol and Indiana American Water.
“I like the fact that employees can come together and have lunch. I’m happy the faith community can come together to host an event such as this. They are a great group of people who recognized the great employees we have in the city,” said Mayor Sue Lynch, adding the open-air pavilion was a safe site to hold such an event.
Burhans said FAN will continue to address social issues within the community and is always looking for additional partners. For more information on the group, visit their page at https://www.facebook.com/PORTAGEFAN/

Portage Parks Volunteers
06/25/2020

Portage Parks Volunteers

Here are a couple before and after pictures from our volunteer day at Garyton School. Thank you again for everyone who helped! Stay tuned for details about our next volunteer day!

Portage Parks Volunteers
06/22/2020

Portage Parks Volunteers

This is Nancy Shuttz! She was the head custodian at Garyton School and also when it was the Adult Ed building! She stopped by Saturday to tell us she was so excited that we were not tearing the school down! She was thankful we were restoring the building. She also told us that she is the one who planted the 3 evergreen trees in the front of the building over 30 years ago. Thank you Nancy for your story!

06/22/2020
Steel Wheels BMX

Steel Wheels BMX

Sign up via texting 219-369-2176
New riders will need to fill out a special one day membership form with an adults signature in order to ride so please stop by registration when you arrive if you are new! First timers...Bring your bike,a helmet and wear long pants and long sleeve shirt... Absolutely the best of family fun!! Message us if you have any questions!

SIGN UPS WILL CLOSE AT 630. Race is at 7

Looking for more ways to explore our beautiful beachfront while indulging in local food fare? Check out Dig the Dunes Tr...
06/15/2020
Relax and Refuel while Digging the Dunes.

Looking for more ways to explore our beautiful beachfront while indulging in local food fare? Check out Dig the Dunes Trail Stop at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.

Submitted by: Beth Rudnick Looking for more ways to explore our beautiful beachfront while indulging in local food fare? Check out Dig the Dunes Trail Stop at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk where …

Today is a beautiful day to get out and enjoy our parks!  📷 Tommy Vardaman
06/12/2020

Today is a beautiful day to get out and enjoy our parks!
📷 Tommy Vardaman

WARNING:  Dangerous conditions today and tomorrow!!!
06/12/2020

WARNING: Dangerous conditions today and tomorrow!!!

[5:24 AM CDT Friday June 12th]

Brisk winds out of the north northeast behind a cold front will cause dangerous high waves and strong currents at Lake Michigan beaches early this afternoon through Saturday evening. Remain out of the water to avoid these potentially life threatening conditions and do not venture out onto shoreline structures or jetties or piers. Use extreme caution walking near the lake.

For beach forecasts, go to: http://www.weather.gov/greatlakes/beachhazards

Local Zoom for Illinois and Indiana:
http://www.weather.gov/greatlakes/beachhazards#lot

06/11/2020

The Portage Parks & Recreation office will remain open to the public via appointment only until after July 4th. Please call 762-1675 or email [email protected] to set up an appointment. Portage Parks Playgrounds and outdoor restrooms will open tomorrow, Friday, June 12th. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Thank you for helping clean up our parks!
06/04/2020

Thank you for helping clean up our parks!

We had a great group come out today to help cleanup Woodland Park! Thank you so much for coming and giving of your time! We appreciate you all! Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that volunteered today!
05/30/2020

Thank you to everyone that volunteered today!

Special shout out to everyone who came out to Founders Square Park to volunteer today! Team work makes the dream work! We appreciate you sacrificing a Saturday to give back to the community of Portage! Thank you!

05/29/2020

Starting June 3rd, our office will be open by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (219)762-1675.

-Portage Parks & Recereation Department

05/29/2020
Portage Parks Volunteers

Be sure to like our new page Portage Parks Volunteers! We need your help! Volunteer today!

A group of people who care and want to help clean up the parks in Portage Indiana!

Thank you to our staff!
05/28/2020
The Invisible Essential Park Maintenance Hero

Thank you to our staff!

At a time like this, during an unprecedented nationwide pandemic, heroes are found everywhere, and a new label has been given to them – “essential.” We are quickly coming to realize just how essential certain people are.

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05/28/2020
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05/27/2020

Due to the high volume of rain and standing water, there are high grassy areas that cannot be mowed throughout our parks. These areas will be mowed as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
-Portage Parks & Recreation Department

Huge shout out to the Exchange Club of Portage for all of their hard work volunteering at Gilbert Park last week just in...
05/27/2020

Huge shout out to the Exchange Club of Portage for all of their hard work volunteering at Gilbert Park last week just in time for Memorial Day!

All cleaned up and ready for Memorial Day, thanks to Carol Jones, Brad & Peggy Clapp, Anita Phillips and Susan Hostettler. Flags donated by Susan and Jim Hostettler. Was good seeing them again!

05/22/2020

Due to the governor’s update on stage 3, City of Portage playgrounds & restrooms will be closed until at least June 14th.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. -Portage Parks & Recreation Department

05/03/2020

Important Covid-19 Update: Governor Holcomb announced a multi-stage plan for reopening facilities and services in Indiana. Below are some items of interest regarding the Portage Parks & Recreation Department:

1. The park office and lobby will remain closed to the public until June 1st. We are still available to help you via phone at 219-762-1675 and via email at [email protected].

2. Spring Youth Soccer and Spring Adult Softball seasons have been cancelled. Adult volleyball is postponed.

3. Any tournaments scheduled prior to June 14th have been cancelled or rescheduled.

4. Playgrounds will remain closed until May 23rd.

5. All Park public restrooms will remain closed until June 1st.

6. No shelter rentals will be allowed until June 1st.

7. No indoor room rentals will be allowed until after June 14th (max capacity 250). (over 250 allowed after July 4th)

8. The Splash pad at Founders Square will remain closed until further notice.

9. All programs and events prior to July 4th have been cancelled.

10. The Independence Day parade and festival, the Friday night Markets/Movies/Music, and Tuesday night Cruise nights are still being discussed. We will post more information as it becomes available.

11. Our parks and trails remain open, but please be advised the restrooms will remain closed until June 1st.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. – Portage Parks & Recreation Department

Happy Earth Day!  Thank you to our volunteers and park staff for all of your hard work today!
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! Thank you to our volunteers and park staff for all of your hard work today!

Our playgrounds will remain closed until further notice.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time...
04/17/2020
Portage Indiana Government Page

Our playgrounds will remain closed until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Portage will comply with the Governor's order and extend our stay at home time to May 1st. Let's all help flatten the curve!!!

Indiana Dunes National Park
04/07/2020

Indiana Dunes National Park

Parks will close if people don't take care of them. Please help to keep your park clean, and take your trash back with you. #indianadunesnps #indianadunes

Address

2100 Willowcreek Rd
Portage, IN
46368

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www.twitter.com/PortageParks

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(219) 762-1675

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